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Thursday, August 23, 2012

"Single Girl on the Go" Recipe of the Week: Grilled Mushroom and Ricotta Pizza

This post is incredibly late because I had a "Single Girl on the Go" kind of day. First of, I was g-d damn swamppppppeddddddd at work today. This is annoying because a.) it cuts into my personal time to blog, b.) I was frustrated more hours than are good for my health, and c.) my boss asked me if I could fly into the head office in Chicago for the next two weeks, which is slightly upsetting for me.

Anyways, we're launching a new line of business at my company and I need to be in-house to help organize this shiz. I get that. However, I'm really mostly irritated because I have spent eight months building a life in Phoenix and every time I go back to the Chi, I feel like I take 10 steps back from the life I built for myself. I feel guilty for leaving again, for getting to work from home, for not being at home helping my mom out. ARGH.

Most of all, as we all have read, I recently started seeing Brandon, who I happen to really enjoy the company of. More than once, I have started dating someone great and then I go away on business for a couple weeks, and they legit disappear off the face of the earth and I never hear from them again. Some might argue that this is a good thing, and they weren't worth it anyways, but its still incredible obnoxious. I just don't get it. So, clearly, I'm terrified that the first guy I've liked in MONTHS, is gonna get swooped up. We're suppose to go out Saturday night before I leave Sunday, so I plan to bake cookies and hopefully keep myself on his mind while I go ape shit on my new co-workers in Chicago. 

Anyways, in addition to having a long day at work, I had to work out, run errands and get a massage (ROUGH LIFE, HUH?). When I got home, I was frickin' starved and looking for something quick to shove in my mouth. I've been craving pizza for a week, since every chance she gets, my friend, Tiffany, asks me about pizza and puts the thought in my head. No joke. So, I decided to whip up and delicious, healthy alternative to the cheesy deep dish delight I wish I could shove in my mouth.

Grilled Mushroom and Ricotta Pizza 

You need:
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil plus an additional 1 tablespoon for grilling and drizzling
  • 2 cups slices mushrooms
  • 1 12-ounce round prepared whole-wheat pizza crust (I recommend Bobili's)
  • 1 clove garlic, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 cup low-fat ricotta
  • 1/4 cup fresh basil leaves
First, in a large bowl, toss the mushrooms and 1 tablespoon oil. Sauteed the mushrooms in a pan for approximately 5-7 minutes in a pan. Make sure you stir them, or they burn like hell and taste like hell.

Next, yank the prepared whole wheat pizza crust out of the packaging and place on a cookie sheet. Top dough with the mushrooms, garlic and oregano. Drop dollops of the ricotta over the pizza. Drizzle with oil and season with salt and pepper.

Next, slide pizza onto the heated side of grill. Close the cover and cook until the underside of pizza is crisp and golden, 2 to 4 minutes. Slide pizza to unheated side of grill. Close cover and cook 3 to 5 minutes, until the ricotta is melted and vegetables are tender.

If you're lazy like me and don't want to walk a half a block and three flights of stairs to the community grills, then you can shove this bad boy into the oven on 350 degrees for 20-23 minutes. Comes out just as taste for sure.

Cut this into 8 slices. Serving size is 2 pieces...and you'll be pissed you can't eat the entire thing, alas the 2 pieces are only about 270 calories total, so if you eat the entire thing...its still better than eating a large order of french fries.

If you don't have ALL of the ingredients, that's okay too. You can also top this pizza with other veggies like spinach, red peppers, carrots or asparagus. The pizza reheats really well, not soggy at all, so save some for lunch the next day.

Bon Appetit!

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